When’s the last time you prayed the Lord’s Prayer? I mean really prayed the Lord’s Prayer, like it meant something? If you’re like me, you might have answered that you pray it every Sunday at church, so of course, this one is familiar and known. Yet, the second question made you pause and think… It means something because it’s the prayer Jesus gave us. It’s ancient and sacred. It’s connected to our experience of worship. So, yes, it means something… but does it connect with your heart and soul in a way that deepens your prayers?
More Than a Memory Verse
How often does the Lord’s Prayer feel more like a memory verse than a powerful template for prayer? It’s a prayer many of us learned as children. We memorize it and teach our children to memorize it. We recite it from rote memory during church. We call upon it during times of crisis when other words elude us.
There’s nothing wrong with memorizing and reciting the prayer, but we’re missing so much more if we don’t take it further.
What is the Lord’s Prayer?
The disciples had watched Jesus pray numerous times. The more they watched, the more they began to wonder why his prayers weren’t like their own. The disciples were no strangers to prayer. They’d grown up in the synagogue and knew how to pray, yet something seemed different when Jesus prayed. Something seemed deeper, more sincere, more connected to God, more powerful, and more transformational, but they couldn’t quite put their finger on the difference. So, they asked the teacher for a lesson in how to pray. “Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11:1)
Jesus responded with the 72 words we know so well as the Lord’s Prayer. Yet, he didn’t intend this to simply be a memory verse, a prayer to only be recited from rote memory. Instead, he gave the disciples a template for prayer. He outlined how to approach God in prayer, explaining the different conversation points we should have in our prayers, and how crucial it is to align our hearts with God’s. We memorize the Lord’s Prayer not just so we can recite a prayer, but so that we can easily recall the key components of prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer may be committed to memory quickly, but it is slowly learnt by heart.
~Frederick Denison Maurice
Why Pray the Lord’s Prayer?
Do you want to learn to pray? Have you been praying all your life, yet haven’t felt its power in your life? Are you just starting to experience prayer and wondering how it works? Or, have you been building your prayer habit, but keep seeing others who just seem better at prayer than you and want to know their secret?
If you want to know how to pray, look no further than the Lord’s Prayer. Sit at the feet of Jesus, alongside the disciples, and listen to his words. See the Lord’s Prayer through fresh eyes.
A Prayer for a Lifetime
The Lord’s Prayer is a prayer for all time. A single prayer that can transform your life. A simple prayer that can teach you all you need to know about prayer. A brief, 72 word prayer that can take a lifetime to fully pray.
I used to think the Lord’s Prayer was a short prayer; but as I live longer, and see more of life, I begin to believe there is no such thing as getting through it. If a man, in praying that prayer, were to be stopped by every word until he had thoroughly prayed it, it would take him a lifetime. ~Henry Ward Beecher
Pray Deep: The Lord’s Prayer
Learn to Pray as Jesus Taught Through 40 Days of Prayer
If you want to experience the fullness of the Lord’s Prayer, you need to pray through it slowly, line-by-line. Learn to personalize the words and use the prayer as your framework for prayer.
Get started with a free prayer calendar for the 40 Day Lord’s Prayer Challenge. This calendar includes 40 daily scripture verses and prayer prompts, guiding you to pray through each line of the Lord’s Prayer. You also get a beautiful free printable of the Lord’s Prayer.
Use the prayer calendar on its own or go deeper with the Pray Deep: The Lord’s Prayer study guide. This study guide expands upon the prayer prompts in the calendar to enhance your 40 day experience with the Lord’s Prayer.
Pray Deep: The Lord’s Prayer is a 40 day study to dive deep into the Lord’s Prayer and unpack all it has to offer. You’ll learn to pray each line and make it personal. You’ll never pray the Lord’s Prayer the same again after these 40 days. Your prayer life will be transformed and you’ll be on your way to a deeper and more intimate relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. Let’s say together, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
The study guide includes an introduction to each line of the Lord’s Prayer to bring greater focus to each week’s prayers. In addition to the prayers prompts included in the calendar, the study guide provides a brief daily devotional, additional scriptures, and key reflection questions to dig deeper. You’ll also get weekly recap worksheets to solidify what you’re learning about prayer and capture what God whispers into your heart as you pray. Available as a printable download or as a printed book.
Pray the Lord’s Prayer as Never Before
Will you join the 40 Day Lord’s Prayer Challenge? Pray through the Lord’s Prayer daily for 40 days. Pray it slowly, line-by-line, word-by-word. Make the prayer personal, using it as a framework, not just a memory verse. Use this free prayer calendar as your guide, leading you through each verse. Enhance your experience by using the Pray Deep: The Lord’s Prayer study guide. Share this with your friends and pray together. Experience a transformation in your prayer life and pray the Lord’s Prayer as never before.
Lord, Teach Us to Pray
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.